Consumer

By Aditi Pai August 8, 2013
Saratoga, California-based Beddit, maker of sleep tracking equipment, launched an Indiegogo campaign for a consumer-priced sleep sensor. Through the campaign, consumers can pre-order the device with a 30 percent discount. So far Beddit has raised $5,000 of its $80,000 goal. While Beddit has been making sleep trackers since 2006, this is their first consumer play: their other sleep trackers are...
By Jonah Comstock August 5, 2013
Google Glass may or may not be on its way to catching on with the consumer crowd, but, if nothing else, it shows that Google doesn't think consumers will have a problem wearing a computer on their head. As wearable health real estate goes, the head is a contentious spot for a sensor, but a number of companies are making a go for it. Brainwave sensors, like Emotiv, which has already raised $400,...
By Aditi Pai August 5, 2013
Adidas' is poised to launch a new activity tracker, the miCoach X_Cell. The recently cleared FCC filing was first spotted by Engadget. Users can wear the X_Cell with a textile strap across the chest or with miCoach compatible apparel, such as a Techfit shirt. The device measures acceleration, change in direction, jump force, heart rate and workout time. Information from the activity tracker can...
By Neil Versel August 2, 2013
After BenJarvus Green-Ellis, then of the New England Patriots, wore a specialized chin strap from Battle Sports Science to measure how hard he was hit during Super Bowl XLVI in February 2012, MobiHealthNews described the presence of mobile health as "stealthy." During a grueling cycling tour in Europe planned for September, the technology will be front and center. As many as 100 riders will be...
By Jonah Comstock July 31, 2013
One way or another, the wrist is going to be a consumer battlefield. In the world of health and fitness tracking, smartphone connected devices like Fitbit Flex, Jawbone UP, and Basis Band have scoped out the wrist as the ideal place for accelerometers, pulse, and galvanic skin response sensors to give people feedback about their workouts. In the mobile computing sphere, startups like Pebble and...
By Jonah Comstock July 30, 2013
One of the mantras for the quantified self movement seems to be that no place is off-limits for a sensor. MobiHealthNews has written about sensors in clothing, belt sensors, brain wave sensors on the forehead, ingestible sensors, sensors in toothbrushes and sensors in forks. Now a team of researchers from the National Taiwan University in Taipei have found a new wearable use case -- a tiny...
By Neil Versel July 30, 2013
Data liberation advocate Hugo Campos has scored a small victory in his ongoing battle to gain access to potentially life-saving data generated from the implantable cardioverter-defibrillator in his chest. Campos now gets XML files of reports from his defibrillator after device manufacturer Medtronic agreed to supply Campos' doctors at Stanford Hospital & Clinics with a script to run in...
By Jonah Comstock July 29, 2013
Blue Goji CEO Kai Huang Brothers Charles and Kai Huang, the co-founders of Red Octane and inventors of Guitar Hero, have set their sights on health gaming. AllThingsD is reporting that the pair's new company, Blue Goji, is coming out of stealth mode with a new take on gamified fitness: hardware that turns treadmills, ellipticals, and stationary bikes into fitness-driven arcades. Kai Huang, the...
By Jonah Comstock July 29, 2013
Jawbone, the San Francisco company known for its Bluetooth speakers and headsets and, more recently, for the UP wristworn activity tracker, has hired Monica Rogati, a data scientist most recently working at LinkedIn, to the newly-created position of VP of data. "I'm going to lead the data team @Jawbone; excited to be at the intersection of wearable computing, quantified self & personalized...
By Jonah Comstock July 29, 2013
UK-based mobile operator O2, a subsidiary of Telefonica, has discontinued two of its mobile health offerings in the UK. By the end of 2013, the company will stop supporting consumer-facing emergency response service Help at Hand and provider-facing remote patient monitoring service Health at Home. MobiHealthNews reported on the launch of these two offerings just a few months ago, in mid-March,...